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Forum: NHL TradesMar 1, 2020 at 12:53
Forum: GM Game 2019-20Dec 22, 2019 at 10:09
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MrBooth</b></div><div>If the game was entirely based upon the CBA, there wouldn't be any of the following: trade reversals, GMs who vote on whether other team's trades stand or not, inability to retain excessive amounts, GM firings for inadequate performances, and a limit on the number of waiver claims allowed per month. Therefore, the purpose of a trade freeze in this alternate-reality game is worth questioning...my two cents</div></div>

It is true, we have appropriated many of the CBA's rules and regulations, but on a meta level I see this as a reaction to our fictional environment. The 32 owners of the NHL teams have found that their organizations are being controlled by GM's that are, in many cases, below the level they are willing to accept. I'm sure Edmonton is surprised and confused by this notion but many wouldn't be. It makes sense that to protect their investments they put a governing body over the leagues general managers, both as a precautionary measure to protect investments and as an opportunity to directly encourage more equal competition (We all know Bettman has wanted this power since he started).

That being said, while the trust owners have in their managers has been in question for a few years now the players association has taken this opportunity to change hockey to be safer and more player friendly by changing the goals of the game. The game is now based off of more skill based incentive scoring instead of puck in net caveman style pissing matches of hitting and fighting. They pushed for the value of advanced statistics to give better determinations of value of skill across the league and the physical toll on players has been significantly decreased due to skill being rewarded and hitting and fighting being non-entities in winning effectively limiting hitting to a minimum and relegating fighting to an uncommon sideshow. In this renaissance of player safety there is no way in hell the owners would move to take away simple rights as the winter Holiday trade break.

Learn the lore of the game <a href="/users/MrBooth" target="_blank">@MrBooth</a> XD
Forum: NHLDec 19, 2019 at 9:53
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mhockey91</b></div><div>since the 2010's are wrapping up... I think its time to make a decade list of the best/worst trades of this decade... there's so many that we could discuss on here. so im curious to see what everyone thinks...

ill start us off:

one of the best trades:
<a href="https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-acquire-kessel-from-maple-leafs/c-773329" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-acquire-kessel-from-maple-leafs/c-773329</a>

While Pens paid a pretty significant price (main assets were a first round pick and Kapanen). There is NO DOUBT in my mind that Pens would not have won back to back cups without Kessel. Pens were coming off the worst season of the Crosby/Malkin Era (8th in Eastern conference, First round playoff loss in 5 games). And it seemed to many that Pittsburgh was no longer cup contenders. Not only that... but Pittsburgh Penguins were FOR SALE during summer of 2015. Acquiring Kessel sent a message that Pens were still in it to win it and Crosby/Malkin/Letang/Fleury core still had more to prove. The rest is obviously history.

on the Toronto side of things: moving Kessel pretty much guaranteed them securing last place in the NHL and showed the full commitment management had to a rebuild. Leafs then had the highest chances at winning the draft lottery and landed Matthews with 1st Overall. On top of that, leafs gained Kapanen who is a good top 6 winger and a first round pick which helped them acquire a starting goalie in Freddy Anderson. The only "knock" for the leafs is that they had to retain 1.2 million on Kessel's contract which is still effecting them to this day.

Adding Kessel sent a m</div></div>

To be the worst trade it has to work out for neither team and make both teams significantly worse. The trade that does that is Subban and Weber. It didn't work out for either team and it was a big name trade.
Forum: NHL TradesDec 19, 2019 at 9:22
Forum: NHL TradesDec 19, 2019 at 6:31
Forum: NHL TradesDec 19, 2019 at 6:27
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HabsForEver</b></div><div>It was a clear win for Detroit the minute the trade was made. De La Rose was and isn't going to be anything more than a 4th line PKing center.</div></div>

The Blues knew they got the less valuable player when they made the trade, the fit with the coach was just not there so they got a player that fit better with the Blues. They like Fabbri as a player and person so they put him on a team that is seeing a turnaround with Stevie Y coming in, and a team that will play a style that he would thrive under. They put him into a position to succeed while also putting him out of their conference because they are not stupid. These type of player conscious decisions are a reason that players love to play in St. Louis, and why people that grew up with the club like Pat Maroon respect the organization enough to take a pay cut to come here. David Perron has been moved out of St. Louis 3 times for hockey and personal reasons but each time when he had a choice he choose to come back to St. Louis because its a first class organization for players. Hell Patrick Bergland got moved out and he hated Buffalo so much compared to St Louis that he wouldn't play for them at all. Teams that treat players well vs teams that treat players poorly right there. Look at Ryan O'Rielly, people called him a soft player that was a crybaby, really he worked for an organization that treated its players like **** and when he got moved to a class A organization like St. Louis we all saw the difference in effort and productivity. Underrated aspect of hockey.
Forum: St. Louis BluesDec 9, 2019 at 6:38
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 17, 2019 at 5:51